SA tour is a platform to prepare for Asia Cup: Jain | 2019-07-19

SA tour is a platform to prepare for Asia Cup: Jain

Sports Correspondent

19 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

SA tour is a platform to prepare for Asia Cup: Jain

Anju Jain

Bangladesh Women’s National Cricket Team Head coach Anju Jain believes that they are taking the upcoming tour of South Africa as part of preparation for the Asia Cup.

Bangladesh Women’s A Cricket Team is all set to tour South Africa to play a bilateral series against their South African counterparts on July 19.

The tour comprises a three-match ODI series and three Twenty20 matches, starting from July 23.

They will hold two practice sessions at Groenkloof Oval in Pretoria on July 21 and 22 after reaching South Africa. The tour will open with ODI series. The tour-opener will be played at Pretoria’s Groenkloof Oval on July 23.

The second and third matches of the one-day series will be held at the same venue on July 28 and 31 respectively.

Thereafter, the Twenty20 series will be held and the first T20 will be played at Mandela Oval, Hammanskraal on July 31.

The second and third match of T20 series will be held at the same venue in Hammanskrall on August 1 and 4 correspondingly.

“See, the most important thing is that it’s good to have an emerging tour because that’s what we have been looking for to improve our bench strength. A lot ‘A’ series for women are coming up. There is Women Asia Cup also,” Jain told reporters ahead of the tour on Thursday.

“So, its a good opportunity for us to prepare our players for that and identify some alternatives to improve our bench strength. So, this tour is definitely going to help us a lot in that regards,” he said.

“There are four or five girls who have toured just once and they are quite young. So, it’s a good opportunity for them as well,” she said.

“We just finished a three-week camp in Rajshahi. We have observed them when they were playing in the premier league as well. There are a lot of talented cricketers and we have shortlisted a few players out of 28 girls,” she said.

“We have worked with them for three weeks in Rajshahi. Out of all the girls of the primary stage, we have selected these girls. They are very talented. I hope they hold on to their form when they get into the side,” she added.

“It’s going to be challenging but it’s good to have challenges, right? Because that’s why you get to your best. It’s going to be same for these girls,” she said.

“Not that well in the World Cup. But in this season, our main target is going to be to win more games,” she concluded.

Bangladesh Squad: Nigar Sultana (captain), Shaila Sharmin, Sharmin Sultana, Nahida Akter, Murshida Khatun Happy, Fariha Islam Trisna, Sobhana Mostary, Ritu Moni, Khadija Tul Kubra, Sanjida Islam, Fahima Khatun, Nuzhat Tasnia, Suraiya Azmim, Sharmin Akter Supta